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Flashing black/purple/yellow dot when I blink
« on: March 30, 2014, 03:46:42 PM »
For the past few days I have been seeing a multi colored flashing dot just off the center of my vision in my right eye. Its been in the same place. I see the flashing dot when I blink while looking at a bright background like the sky.

Flashes arent new to me. I've had peculiar eye symptoms for years such as flashes, floaters, and shimmering. I have been tested and evaluated by countless ophthalmologists and 3 retina specialists. My last visit to a university specialist was last summer. They said my eyes appear healthy and explained my problems are normal for being nearsighted. The vitreous in a near sighted eye is more likely to separate from the retina which causes eye floaters. The vitreous separation is also normal with ageing.

I'm told that while the vitreous is separating, it will tug on the retina which causes the flashes. The flashes can last for days or even weeks until the vitreous finally separates and then the flashing should go away. It has worked this way every time I've had similar flashes before

Still while I understand the technical reasons for my eye flashes, whenever new flashes happen my anxiety absolutely SKY ROCKETS! It touches on one of my biggest fears in life. Today I literally thought I was going blind and had the worst panic attack of the year.
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Re: Flashing black/purple/yellow dot when I blink
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 04:34:04 PM »
I hear ya with the flashes and floaters and everything else! My friend used to get an "electric" blue flash and so did I!  I had asked the eye doctor about that and he said, "Oh flashes can be ANY color" 
You have no IDEA what I've been through with these eyes. When I tell people their mouth just hangs open because one is so strange I had 2 ophthalmologists tell me they never heard of such a thing!!!  (you should have seen what THAT did to my anxiety!) - the other thing I had at least a DOCTOR heard of it!  LOL!  You'll be fine!
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Re: Flashing black/purple/yellow dot when I blink
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 05:23:49 PM »
I myself get odd eye symptoms sometimes. My opthamologist said if symptoms change or get worse,
then it may be time for a visit.
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Re: Flashing black/purple/yellow dot when I blink
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2014, 06:51:04 PM »
I am extremely near sighted and now to make matters worse, my astigmatism is also strengthening with the aging process and soon I'll need bifocals. I'm basically legally blind without my glasses on which I need 24 hours a day. To finally put the cherry in top, I also have ocular migraines so you can imagine that my vision is crazy. The kinds of symptoms I experience are bizarre. I go to the eye doctor every June and I can't wait to finally go this time because I am seeing all kinds of things as of late. I have a strange flashing spot in the upper corner of my left eye which is only visible on a bright background and when I move my eyes rapidly. I have a similar one in my right eye, but its not a round spot. Its more like a line. They basically look like after images that never go away but are only noticeable on a bright white background. I can also see a strange cloudy blotch in my left eye but only when wearing polarized sunglasses and when I move my eyes rapidly. I have floaters, flashes, fireworks, noticeable blind spots, shimmers and visual snow. I've been seen by countless specialists and eye doctors. Its an every six month the to a yearly thing with me. I don't know what else to do. I've learned to ignore most of it or go crazier.
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Re: Flashing black/purple/yellow dot when I blink
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2014, 07:07:19 PM »
Wow I didn't know there were so many others like me! I have visual snow, see fireworks and notice little blind spots too. My eyes used to really bother me, but I've learned to ignore most of it as well. The eye doc's thought I was crazy.
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